January 12, 2023


The Lobo Language Acquisition Lab is calling for a group of unique and committed UNM undergraduates of any program to join the Spring 2023 cohort of the Multilingualism Fellowship. This is the first online, social media, game-based fellowship. The application, which can be found here, is due Feb. 15, 2023.

November 8, 2022


The Department of Linguistics and the Lobo Language Acquisition Lab have just launched the Indigenous Child Language Research Center, the first of its kind, to study the development of indigenous languages in small children, with a strong focus on young Navajo speakers. See the full article here

 August 2, 2022


Congratulations to Dr. Rosa Vallejos-Yopán, who has been named a Regents' Lecturer, which recognizes her accomplishments as a teacher, scholar, and leader in her professional community. See here for the announcement from the College of Arts & Sciences and to read about the other awardees. 

May 10, 2022


Congratulations to the five UNM students who were selected for prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. Two PhD candidates will pursue their research abroad, and three will serve as English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) in Germany, South Korea, and Spain. The three ETAs have all pursued language studies at UNM. Solana Armijo will be graduating this spring from UNM with a bachelor’s in English and German with Honors College Designation. She is a New Mexico native with a passion for German language and culture, literature, and working with children. Jane Tabet-Kirkpatrick is a recent graduate from UNM with a degree in Political Science and Spanish with Honors College Designation. Arthur Lopez was born in Santa Fe, N.M., and moved to Rio Rancho at the start of Middle School. Having a passion for studying languages, he decided to pursue a foreign languages degree at UNM. Lopez can speak Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, and English. He can also sign American Signed Language. Read the full article here. 

May 2, 2022

Korina Apodaca Cordova

The Center for Teaching and Learning has named its 2021-2022 award recipients and in addition to Peng Yu, we are delighted to see Korina Apodaca Cordova also recognized as the Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year.  There will be a virtual ceremony held on Friday, May 6th, at 3:00pm; see here for the information and to see a list of the other recipients. 


April 26, 2022

David Player

Check out this article from the UNM Newsroom about David Player's unchartered research in sociolinguistic variation in New Mexican ASL (American Sign Language).  Such interesting and important work!


April 25, 2022

Peng Yu

Congratulations to Peng Yu, Senior Lecturer of Chinese, for being chosen as the UNM 2021-2022 Lecturer of the Year. This is a great honor, and we are delighted that he has been recognized for his teaching excellence and leadership within the Languages, Cultures, & Literature Department. A virtual award ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, from 3:00-5:00pm, where Peng will be honored with a commemorative plaque.


March 31, 2022


Read about Mario del Angel-Guevara's interesting doctoral research among Spanish speakers in Northern New Mexico in the SF Reporter's article, "A Confluence of Dialects," here. If you are interested in participating in the study, are at least 18 years old, identify as Mexican or New Mexican, and can hold a conversation in Spanish, email him at  


March 8, 2022

 Emma Trentman

The Language Learning Center's director, Dr. Emma Trentman, received a grant to support Arabic teaching from the Qatar Foundation International . Learn more in this article from the UNM Newsroom.


January 28, 2022


Welcome to the Lobo Language Acquisition Lab (LLA LLA), who will be setting up their office space down the hall from the Language Learning Center in Ortega Hall. Read this article to find out more about this new research center.


January 6, 2022


Congratulations to UNM professor & friend of the LLC, Heather Sweetser, for winning the prestigious American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2022 National Language Teacher of the Year! This award comes two years after being selected as UNM Lecturer of the Year. See the article in the Albuquerque Journal here. The article states, "[Sweetser] said she believes it’s more important now than ever to learn a foreign language. 'It’s a crucial time in American history and world history,' she said. 'We need to learn to communicate with each other.'" We couldn't agree more!